NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies: Grade 2, unit 4
This is the fourth unit of the grade 2 Social Studies scope and sequence, titled: Rights, Rules and Responsibilities. It was developed by a team of NYCDOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of the humanities and social sciences as well as museum curators. Students will immerse themselves in the topic by discussing focus questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as: paintings, photographs, maps, and political cartoons.
This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on how the United States is founded on the principles of democracy, and these principles are reflected in all types of communities; also, communities have rules and laws that affect how they function while citizens contribute to a community’s government through leadership roles and services.
Topics of representative lessons in this unit include: understanding how people are united by principles of citizenship; analyzing images to describe symbols of America; exploring the branches of government; understanding the process of elections and voting for candidates.
To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes formative assessments, and a performance-based assessment activity, which has students explaining the election process and identifying laws and explaining their importance.
Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a wide-range of trade books and primary documents, in addition to this unit of study. In order to support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, we recommend that teachers integrate these resources into their daily instruction and assessments plans.